Den kände zapatistledaren Subcomandante Marcos har uttalat sig om Gaza och det hela har publicerats på engelska på Alternative Information Center:
Not far from here, in a place called Gaza, in Palestine, in the Middle East, right here next to us, the Israeli government’s heavily trained and armed military continues its march of death and destruction.
The steps it has taken are those of a classic military war of conquest: first an intense mass bombing in order to destroy ”strategic” military points (that’s how the military manuals put it) and to ”soften” the resistance’s reinforcements; next a fierce control over information: everything that is heard and seen ”in the outside world,” that is, outside the theater of operations, must be selected with military criteria; now intense artillery fire against the enemy infantry to protect the advance of troop to new positions; then there will be a siege to weaken the enemy garrison; then the assault that conquers the position and annihilates the enemy, then the ”cleaning out” of the probable ”nests of resistance.”
According to the news photos, the ”strategic” points destroyed by the Israeli government’s air force are houses, shacks, civilian buildings. We haven’t seen a single bunker, nor a barracks, nor a military airport, nor cannons, amongst the rubble. So–and please excuse our ignorance–we think that either the planes’ guns have bad aim, or in Gaza such ”strategic” military points don’t exist.
We have never had the honor of visiting Palestine, but we suppose that people, men, women, children, and the elderly–not soldiers–lived in those houses, shacks, and buildings.
But wait. It just occurred to us that perhaps to the Israeli government those men, women, children, and elderly people are enemy soldiers, and as such, the shacks, houses, and buildings that they inhabited are barracks that need to be destroyed.
So surely the hail of bullets that fell on Gaza this morning were in order to protect the Israeli infantry’s advance from those men, women, children, and elderly people.
And the enemy garrison that they want to weaken with the siege that is spread out all over Gaza is the Palestinian population that lives there. And the assault will seek to annihilate that population. And whichever man, woman, child, or elderly person that manages to escape or hide from the predictably bloody assault will later be ”hunted” so that the cleansing is complete and the commanders in charge of the operation can report to their superiors: ”We’ve completed the mission.”
Again, pardon our ignorance, maybe what we’re saying is beside the point. And instead of condemning the ongoing crime, being the indigenous and warriors that we are, we should be discussing and taking a position in the discussion about if it’s ”zionism” or ”antisemitism,” or if Hamas’ bombs started it.
Maybe our thinking is very simple, and we’re lacking the nuances and annotations that are always so necessary in analyses, but to the Zapatistas it looks like there’s a professional army murdering a defenseless population.
Den mexikanske gerillaledarens tal är till många delar mitt i prick och överhuvudtaget är solidaiteten emd pelstinierna stor i Latinamerika. Venezuela har utvisat Israel ambassadör och har också tagit ett bra principiellt ställningstagande, något som uppmärksammas av OPGAI (Inititivet för det ockuperade palestinas och Golanhöjdernas rätt):
As Palestinian & Syrian civil society organizations which are members in the Occupied Palestinian and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI), we would like to express our thanks and deep appreciation for the Venezuelan people and its wise leadership, in courageously addressing the Zionist Israeli policies, which are backed up by U.S. imperialism, in its aggression and cowardly crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza.
We would like to thank President Hugo Chavez for his strong remarks on what is happening in Gaza, and also for his clear condemnation of the war crimes committed by Israeli leaders against the Palestinian civilians, who have been suffering from an unjust siege of more than 18 months, a siege maintained with the complicity of Europe and the U.S.
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